JAZZ MANOUCHE: The Art of Accompaniment
When picking up an acoustic guitar, many players are drawn into playing Django-style rhythm. The fast chord changing gypsy jazz technique is also known as 'jazz manouche' and holding down this steady solid rhythm provides an amazing foundation for other players to solo over. This tutorial DVD is not heavy on theory but instead it concentrates on putting rhythm straight into action. Swing, upstrokes, downstrokes, right hand, accenting, fingering and chord shapes, it's all beautifully shown and it can be done on any style of guitar. With three students present, you are able to feel part of a class rather than just you and the master, and this helps with your own confidence as you learn with them rather than being overwhelmed by expertise. The Am6 chord is used extensively and as it neatly avoid open strings the shape proves very useful indeed. If you have any interest at all in gypsy jazz and love those old 'Hod Club' recordings by Reinhardt and Grappelli, this one is a real must. ****
Long-suffering rhythm guitarists finally have a corrective in Denis Chang's new instructional DVD, which should be required viewing for anyone interested in getting at the heart of the style.
Posted by jackbrown
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i purchased his dvd because i am more interested in playing rhythm and understanding the music more than just memorizing it and replaying it. denis also clearly goes over how to play rhythm guitar. the technique tips he gives are very very very very very useful.
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Damn this is dense ! 2:30 is a pretty long time for an instructional DVD, but this one is packed full of information. It's not the kind of DVD you watch watch through once with your guitar and then you put it on the shelf. I think it'll take one 3 to 6 months to really assimilate the advices and to master the exercises.
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This forum is also chock full of information and there are other web sites, but none of them could possibly get the essence of this music across the way it has been passed down traditionally, person-to-person, watching, listening, and repeating. That's why I'm glad I got Denis' DVD.
Jared VT, USA
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Dennis Chang alias Mich-Mich (son pseudo sur les forums de manoucheux...) en plus d’être un très bon guitariste est également un excellent pédagogue. Ceux qui ont suivi une de ses master class savent de quoi je parle.